Children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom, but many schools allow little to no time for students to be active, due to a lack of resources, personnel, or time in the day. Policies that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the school day can help increase physical activity, elevate physical fitness levels, and improve academic performance and classroom behavior among students.
Research shows that healthy, active students perform better—and behave better—in the classroom. Our resources can help educators understand and advocate for promising strategies to prevent obesity and promote physical activity in our nation’s schools.
Our resources also can help inform interdisciplinary courses and training classes that are focused on the intersection of public health and planning, transportation, or parks and recreation. Educating practitioners about the most effective approaches for creating healthy communities is critical for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.
This is part two of a two-part Web Forum series on the Ready for Recess program, which was developed by Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D. and Aaron Beighle, Ph.D., experts in improving physical activity in children. Click here for part 1.
Part two is intended for teachers and other school staff who are directly involved with leading recess activities. The Ready for Recess program can help prevent and alleviate childhood obesity by increasing students’ ability to be more physically active during recess through practice and environmental changes.
This is part one of a two-part Web Forum series designed to promote more physically active recess in schools. Click here for part 2.
Part one is intended for school administrators, public health practitioners (e.g. school wellness coordinators), and parents who want to learn how to influence policies and practices that support the overall health and well-being of students.